Iowans describe DNA surprises and praise a new state law protecting victims
A bipartisan bill that became Iowa law this year criminalizes fertility fraud, making physicians liable for a felony and, if convicted, forced to register as a Tier III sex offender.
As the accessibility of DNA testing has expanded in recent years and stories about misuse of donor materials have come to light, including the Netflix documentary Our Father, River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with columnist Courtney Crowder, who helped bring Iowan Mark Hansen's story of fertility fraud to light, as well as other advocates and those who have been impacted by misattributed parentage experiences which can occur due to an adoption, assisted conception, or those conceived from a non-parental event (NPE.)
This episode was originally produced July 22, 2022.
- Courtney Crowder, Des Moines Register Iowa Columnist
- Mark Hansen, fertility fraud legislation advocate
- Jodi Girard, fertility fraud legislation advocate
- Kara Rubinstein-Deyerin, CEO of non-profit organization Right to Know